Eats and Exercise: 7/2

Hey guys. The last week and a half have been pretty crazy. Ok, well not really, but they were definitely not routine. Tyler had been home the whole time (his office downtown was still closed from the flood. ps: he just told me he got evacuated already this morning since the power shut off) so meals and sleep patterns and everything has been just a bit off. Except my workouts- I kept those pretty normal. I didn’t take to many dinner pics since it was actually HOT and more often than not, we would pick at stuff in the fridge rather than actually cook a meal. But here’s what I did manage to get:

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Workouts last week looked like this:

  • Sunday: OFF
  • Monday: Hot Yoga (Traditional), Athlete’s Workout from Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises, 20 min cardio
  • Tuesday: Hot Yoga (BV), Wedding Prep Workout from WH, 30 min cardio
  • Wednesday: Hot Yoga (Union), Strength Workout from WH, 20 min cardio
  • Thursday: Hot Yoga (Traditional)
  • Friday: Hot Yoga (Traditional)
  • Saturday: Workout (Pictured below), 10 min cardio, Another circuit workout focusing on hamstrings and bi/tris.
  • Sunday: Hot Yoga (BV)

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I didn’t do any of the Best Body Bootcamp workouts last week because I was mostly focusing on my last week of Hot Yoga (from my monthly unlimited pass) and I really wanted to try other strength workouts before the wedding.

Oddly enough, lately I have been considering getting into heavy lifting. I have found the DB’s I use are just feeling too easy in a lot of my exercises. Only problem is that I EASILY bulk up when I lift heavy. Hmm…

Yesterday was yet another hot day, so I really didn’t have the drive to get a workout done while the sun was still up. Plus, my gym was closed anyway for Canada Day, so I knew I had the luxury of completing a home workout at whatever time I wanted. SOOOOOOOO, at 10:30 last night, after the sun FINALLY went down, I managed to bust through a pretty good workout.

I have written the exercises below, but to further explain: There are 6 exercises and 6 cardio moves. I performed 10 reps of the first exercise (on each side when necessary), then did 30 seconds of its corresponding cardio. Repeat this 3 times, then move on to the next move/cardio combo. Hope that makes sense.

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In other news, I dropped the kiddos off at the boarders this am. And now I am sad because the house is so darn quiet. I miss those idiots so much already.

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Time to pack.

What have you been up to lately?

Monday Moves #1

So, I thought I’d start yet ANOTHER weekly post called Monday Moves. These posts will show new exercises that you can incorporate into your workout! I know I get into a rut once in a while and end up repeating a lot of similar moves time and time again. There are more things to do besides bicep burls and pushups and squats!


I have 4 exercises that I want to share with you this week. Some, you may have seen before (especially if you took my classes at the Oak Square Y) and some may be a brand new twist on an existing move you know. This week we have:

  • squat with upright row
  • side lunge with full circle
  • one armed side pushup/crunch
  • plank with kick and hold on stability ball

Let me just apologize in advance for the terrible pictures. I wanted to give you guys a bit of a visual (on the MOVE. not ME!) but these turned out pretty lame-o. Give me some time for improvement!

1. Squat with upright row. This move targets your legs, back, core and arms.

  • Start with your feet apart, a dumbbell in one hand. 
  • Squat down, with the dumbbell reaching towards the ground.


  • As you come back up, lift the dumbbell to chin height, leading with your elbow.


2. Side Lunge with full circle.

  • Start with weight in both hands


  • Step out with one foot (pictured: right foot). At the same time, keeping arms extended, complete a full circle, rotating the shoulders, hips facing forward. (Pictured: circling swooping to the right)


  • As you complete the circle, bring your foot back to the starting position.


3. One armed side pushup/crunch. (Warning: this one is super unflattering)

  • Lay on one side with legs extended and feet stacked.
  • Take the bottom arm and bring it around your chest, like you are hugging yourself.
  • Place the palm of you top hand on the ground, about shoulder height.


  • Engage your obliques and ‘pushing’ arm and push up by extending your arm. 


4. Plank with kick and hold on stability ball.

  • Start in the pushup position, with your shins resting on the ball.


  • Lift one leg and hold.


  • Return your leg on the ball. Switch to the other leg.

Hope these help inspire future workouts!

******Don’t forget, only one more day to submit photos for Winesday Wednesday! Click here to find out how you can be a part of my new weekly segment!

Some Workouts

Thanks for the feedback on my last post. It really made me feel good about my little bloggy life 🙂

I think it’s only fair that I share with you my latest workouts. Since I’m actually typing this post ahead of time (gasp!) the following workouts are from Monday, 3/25 and Tuesday, 3/26. I was actually giddy before, during and after each workout because I knew I couldn’t NOT share!

Here goes.

Monday, I took the strength portion of my workout from Tina by doing the Defying Gravity Workout she recently posted (if you click on the link, it’ll take you directly to that workout).


I followed it up with an awesome HIIT run


Tuesday, I adapted a full-body tabata workout (I was in the mood to continue targeting all the major muscle groups rather than focusing on upper body, lower body or core). I ended up with this gem:

Reminder: tabatas are 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest repeated 8x through for a total of 4 minutes each round. For this particular workout, you will alternate between the two moves in each round. i.e.: Move 1 for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, move 2 for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, repeat 4x.


I immediately followed this strength circuit with 20 minutes of spin (rolling hills and resistance intervals) then this 20 minute treadmill run:


In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been playing around with PicMonkey. Gotta make these workouts look as pretty as can be!

Now that I’ve hopefully inspired you with my strength and cardio workouts, here are some pictures of my little stink monkey (who is currently no so stinky since she came in the shower with me yesterday. AND LOVED IT.)


Got any good workouts to share??!

Thursday Things

Hey there.

I don’t have much to share today. I have been feeling like crap, so a lot of moping and napping and complaining to the dog.

I DO have a recipe to share, though. Yesterday, I made crock pot turkey pumpkin chili. It was pretty good, but maybe a little on the bland side. I’ll share the recipe anyways.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 diced red pepper
  • 1/2 diced green pepper
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (16 oz or so) beans- I used a 6 bean blend, but you can choose black, kidney, navy, etc….
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup stock (I had chicken on hand. I used this because it was a little thick)
  • salt
  • pepper

What to do:

1. Brown the ground turkey in a skillet.

2. Throw everything in the crock pot.

3. Eat.

Honest to God, I don’t think it could get any easier. I topped my bowl with a bit of shredded cheddar- it was a nice compliment once it was stirred into the chili.


Since I was feeling super crappy, I decided not to head to the gym. But, being the fitness junkie that I am, I couldn’t NOT do anything (especially since it wasn’t my designated day off- I know, I know “listen to your body” and all that crap, but I wasn’t dying, I just wasn’t feeling like the normal stellar Jen.) I decided to get in some strength at home. In my pajamas. This is what I managed to get done:

  • 2 sets of 12 squat presses
  • 100 pushups
  • 50 leg lifts
  • 3 rounds of an arm series (12 reps of each move: bicep curl, hammer curl, overhead press)
  • 3 rounds of gliding lunge series (10 reverse lunges and 10 side lunges- each side)
  • 3 sets of 10 overhead reach presses on each side (holding weight in right hand , right foot crossed over left, perform an overhead press, reaching the weight directly up and over your head to the left. You’ll feel this in your obliques)
  • 3 sets of 10 deadlifts on each leg
  • 3 mile walk with the dog
  • 100 stability ball sit ups
  • 100 crunches

I actually broke a sweat getting this done because I limited my rest periods (felt that was necessary since I was not doing any cardio)


-I reintroduced carrots back into my life. Totally forgot about those suckers. They’re pretty good.

-I thought people in the states were rude, but boy, the people here are way worse (at least the ones I have come across). I have been shoved out of the way. People have cut me in line. They do not say ‘excuse me’ to anything. Ever. It sound like an irrational complaint, but dude.

– Except for the cashier at Wal-Mart yesterday (of all places). He was super nice.

– I saw another celebrity look-a-like at the gym Tuesday. This time it was Guiliana Rancic. I have also seen every Canadian twin of my Boston gym friends at the gym here. I think I am just having withdrawals. Haha ok, so my Boston gym friends will get a kick out of this: You know how I don’t go to group ex classes here? Well, a prime example: I walked past the studio on my way to the equipment the other day, and the girl was leading them in heel taps on the 4-count. It was NOT a senior class. Ugh, so sad.

-The lock on your garage door is backwards. I feel like an idiot every time I try to use it.

– I have a recurring dream of going back to the all-girls high school I went to in CA for my freshman and sophomore year. I often wonder how different my life would be if we never moved to NY. My first thought is always about how much fatter I’d probably be.

– Mint M&Ms. Buy them.

– I always dance to the intro music of The Mindy Project. It’s my favorite. Plus, I think Mindy and I would be really good friends.

-Ah, friends. I miss them. And home. And Target.